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Meeting With Local Women Entrepreneurs

This week, it was a pleasure to welcome the Minister of Small Business, Rechie Valdez, to Newmarket for a roundtable discussion with local entrepreneurs.

We were joined by MP Leah Taylor Roy, members from Abuse Hurts, and members from the Business Women’s Network of York Region (BWNYR) to discuss how our government can work to continue supporting women entrepreneurs and promoting equity and inclusiveness.

Abuse Hurts is a charity based in Newmarket that provides hope through accessible support, healing, and individual empowerment for adult survivors, their families, and caregivers.

Anyone who needs assistance can visit their website and submit a request.

The BWNYR provides women entrepreneurs with the resources and the space to start their careers, meet like-minded businesswomen, and stay current on local and community issues.

In 2018, our government launched the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, which represents nearly $7 billion in investments and commitments to increase women-owned businesses’ access to the financing, networks, and expertise they need to start up, scale up, and access new markets. 

This includes:

  •  the Women Entrepreneurship Loan Fund, which provides loans of up to $50,000 to women entrepreneurs, particularly for start-ups, underrepresented groups, or sole proprietorships which may experience more difficulty in accessing funding.
  •  the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, which brings together researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders to create a more inclusive and supportive environment to grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.

The full and equal participation of women in the economy is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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